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  • Summary: The second full-length release from Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge as NxWorries features guest appearances by Dave Chappelle, H.E.R., Rae Khalil, October London, Snoop Dogg, Earl Sweatshirt, Thundercat, and Charlie Wilson.
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  1. Jun 14, 2024
    88
    Despite the loss and longing that course through the 44-minute runtime, this is a feel-good affair with ridiculous replay value, thanks in large part to the sample-flipping prowess of Knxwledge. He moves seamlessly from Pharcyde-esque chillhop (“MoveOn”) to Paisley Park two-stepper (“Daydreaming”), with a proficiency that recalls fellow crate-digging senseis like J Dilla and Madlib.
  2. Jun 18, 2024
    85
    Knxwledge really knows how to bring the best out of Brandon. “HereIAm” swells with organs that make you feel like you’re at church for Sunday service. .... “Why Lawd?” proves it’s possible to remain true to your vision and bring the haters to you instead of the other way around.
  3. Jun 14, 2024
    80
    The two of them could’ve used nostalgia to coast on the legacy of their nearly decade-old debut to turn in a serviceable redux. Instead, Why Lawd? leans into a rawness and fear Yes Lawd! only hinted at.
  4. Jun 14, 2024
    80
    While there are some tracks that feel distinctly like filler, there's more than enough substance on Why Lawd? to justify the price of admission. Let's hope we don't have to wait another eight years for this duo to get together again.
  5. Jun 14, 2024
    80
    Why Lawd? is neither crowded nor compromised by the extra voices. Like the debut, this is primarily an R&B record with Paak's variably frisky and lovelorn singing voice and Knxwledge's warped sample-based productions as the basis.
  6. Jun 14, 2024
    40
    While Paak’s leathery, weathered vocal is soulful, he is an unlikable narrator. He is adept at charting heartache, moaning “I can’t do the same things I used to do” on MoveOn. But it’s harder to empathise with tracks whining about prenups, snarls of “Bitch, you supposed to be with me” (KeepHer), calling a girlfriend a “dumb bitch” and fuming over an ex’s social media activity.